Sentencing postponed for drunken motorist who caused fatal crash

RIVERSIDE – Sentencing was postponed today to Feb. 6 for a drunken driver who triggered a head-on crash that killed a 62-year-old man.

Andre Elgin Williams, 41, pleaded guilty on Nov. 19 to gross vehicular manslaughter, felony driving under the influence and child endangerment, with a sentence-enhancing allegation of inflicting great bodily injury in connection with the death of Jose Hernandez of Perris.

Williams, who remains in custody without bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside, is expected to be sentenced to more than 10 years in prison.

Williams was heading southbound on Old Elsinore Road, near Michael Road, around 1:15 p.m. last Nov. 14 when he steered his 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck across the double yellow lines into the opposing traffic lane.

Williams had his young son with him, strapped into a child safety seat in the back of the truck, said California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Monks.

He said that after the Dodge crossed into the northbound lane, it plowed head-on into Hernandez’s 1997 GMC pickup, triggering a fire on the roadway and leaving the mortally injured Hernandez trapped inside his vehicle.

Fire crews arrived moments later, extinguished the flames and extricated Hernandez, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Williams suffered moderate injuries, while his son escaped with minor injuries, according to Monks.

The pair were transported to Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley for treatment. Williams was taken into custody at the hospital, and his son was placed in the care of family members.

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